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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
28th June 2018
Can the Govt. force hospitals & doctors to comply with the price capping under the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

When we talk of affordable health care, we need to have value for money for both masses as well as classes. The economically weaker section of the society or BPL with more than 40 categories are today deprived of secondary and tertiary health care.

Without insurance, it is not possible for a citizen to afford secondary and/or tertiary health care. Workers drawing a salary of up to Rs 21,000/- a month are mandatorily covered under ESI. Those who have a salary of more than Rs 21,000/- should pay the private insurance premium on their own. Then there is a subgroup of people in this income bracket, the EWS and BPL, who cannot even afford any insurance premium. .... read more


Top News

Oxytocin formulations ban to come into effect from 1st July 2018

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to public sector only from 1st July 2018. It has also banned the import of Oxytocin and its formulations. From 1st July 2018, no private manufacturer will be allowed to manufacture the drug for domestic use. Only Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KAPL), a public sector .... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 28th June 2018

Can the Govt. force hospitals & doctors to comply with the price capping under the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Scheme? When we talk of affordable health care, we need to have value for money for both masses as well as classes. The economically weaker section of the society or BPL with more than 40 categories are today deprived of secondary and tertiary health care. ... read more

Practice Updates

Wearable defibrillators may be an alternative to surgically implanted device for children with ventricular heart rhythm disorders

External wearable cardioverter defibrillators (vest-like devices) may be a safe and effective alternative to surgically implanted devices in children with ventricular heart rhythm disorders that put them at risk for sudden cardiac death, according to new research published June 26, 2018 in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. ... read more


Intense multifactorial treatment for type 2 diabetes shown to be cost effective

When patients with type 2 diabetes receive intensified, multifactorial treatment combining lifestyle modification and pharmacological therapy for modifiable risk factors, there is no significant increase in medical costs, compared to patients who receive conventional, multifactorial treatment, according to analysis of the Steno 2 Study presented June 24, 2018 at the 78th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Orlando, Florida.... read more


New EAN guideline on palliative care of patients with multiple sclerosis

A new guideline on the palliative care of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), including neurology in general, developed by the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) was presented June 16, 2018 at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Multi-disciplinary and multiprofessional approach to care have been emphasized. The guideline suggests .... read more


Many invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures associated with high risk of infective endocarditis

Findings of a large observational study published June 11, 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says that many invasive therapeutic procedures (such as coronary revascularizations, procedures on skin and wounds, chronic hemodialysis, blood transfusion and non-cardiac surgeries) ... read more


Prehabilitation before heart surgery can improve postoperative recovery in older and frail

Prehabilitation, a strategy designed to enhance recovery process post-cardiac surgery may benefit high risk and frail heart patients by maintaining or improving the patient's overall physical and mental status before surgery as reported in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Prehabilitation or ‘prehab’ combines exercise training, education and social support.... read more


Zoledronic acid prevents cancer treatment-induced bone loss in premenopausal women with breast cancer

Final 5-year results from the ProBONE II trial published online June 13, 2018 in the journal Bone show that treatment with zoledronic acid prevented cancer treatment-induced bone loss in premenopausal women with breast cancer. Zoledronic acid also maintained the bone mass density up to 3 years after the treatment.... read more



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Antidepressants can increase the risk of developing COPD
Healthy lifestyle and quitting habits such as smoking can help prevent respiratory ailments
 
New Delhi, 27 June 2018: According to new study, the use of antidepressants can increase the risk of death by 20% for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This habit is also likely to increase the likelihood of hospitalization by 15% due to related symptoms. These drugs can cause sleepiness and vomiting and negatively impact immune system cells. This can further lead to infections, breathing issues, and other respiratory adverse events.

In India, COPD is the second biggest cause of mortality and a serious public health concern. COPD is a group of progressive lung diseases, the most common ones being emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Many people with COPD have both these conditions.

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